Kansas City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and Ryan Succop buried an insurance 40-yard field goal as the Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten with a 23-17 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Smith completed 24 of 36 passes for 225 yards with no interception while Succop had three field goals as the Chiefs improved to 8-0 to remain as the league’s only unbeaten team.
Wide receiver Dexter McCluster caught seven passes for 67 yards while Anthony Sherman was the recipient of Smith’s other touchdown heave. Jamaal Charles carried the ball 18 times for 74 yards for the Chiefs.
In his first start with Cleveland, Jason Campbell completed 22 of 36 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns with no interception but his efforts weren’t enough as the Browns (3-5) suffered their third straight loss.
Campbell connected with Josh Gordon and Fozzy Whittaker for touchdowns. Gordon 132 yards on five catches while Jordan Cameron recorded 81 yards on four receptions.
The Browns’ ground game was ineffective against the Chiefs’ tight defense, garnering just 57 yards with Willis McGahee running for 29 yards on nine carries.
On the strength of two field goals from Succop from 42 and 35 yards, the Chiefs grabbed a 6-0 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.
Early in the second, the Chiefs made it a 13-0 game when Smith connected with Sherman for a 12-yard touchdown.
With 2:44 remaining before the break, Campbell put the Browns on the board with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Gordon but Smith responded with a 28-yard scoring throw to McCluster for a 20-7 advantage.
Billy Cundiff brought the Browns to within 10 with a 44-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the first half.
The Browns made it interesting in the third when Campbell found Whittaker for a 17-yard touchdown heave to make it a 20-17.
However, the Chiefs made key defensive stops in the fourth before Succop sealed the win with a 40-yard field goal with 17 seconds left.